JOHANNES DE CAPUA, DIRECTORIUM HUMANAE VITAE (THE GUIDE OF HUMAN LIFE)

Strasbourg, printed by Johann Prüss, c. 1489 , 11 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (28.6 x 20 cm) , Douce 193, fol. [23r]

This is a printed edition of a book originally produced in manuscript around 1263–78. It is a Latin translation made by a Jewish apostate, Johannes de Capua, of Rabbi Joel’s early Hebrew version of "Kalila and Dimna." That Hebrew text was closer to the Arabic original than Jacob ben Eleazar’s later version. These multiple copies and editions show the sustained popularity of the work in Europe, where it helped to shape the development of fiction.



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